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[jeen-yuh l, jee-nee-uh l] /ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl/
warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial:
a genial disposition; a genial host.
favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild:
the genial climate of Hawaii.
characterized by genius.
Origin of genial1
1560-70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related forms
genially, adverb
[jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun
1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable. Unabridged
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  • How calmly and genially the mind apprehends one after another the laws of physics!

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "It's the way we're taught at school," he hazarded, genially.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Judy,” says I, most genially, “is you ever tasted roast veal?

  • "Look about to your heart's content, my dear," she said genially.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • "We'll tek a turn at Haydn now, lads," said the host, genially.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • "If you care for a brisk walk of two miles," she answered, genially.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • Skipper Zeb exclaimed, genially, warming his hands before the fire.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • "Pay for the call out of that, miss, and keep the change," he said genially.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for genially


/ˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health: the genial sunshine
Derived Forms
geniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), genialness, noun
genially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius


(anatomy) of or relating to the chin
Word Origin
C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Contemporary definitions for genially

pertaining to the chin

Word Origin

Greek geneion 'chin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for genially



1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.

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genially in Medicine

genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
Of or relating to the chin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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